Enstrom Helicopter Corporation hosted mechanics from Zambia for a week of training on how to maintain Enstrom helicopters. The Zambian military had previously purchased Enstrom Turbine 480Bs with delivery expected in the near future pending aircraft completion. Zambian officials say they plan to use the aircraft for helicopter pilot training.
“They took their studies seriously, studying every night,” said Dennis Martin, Enstrom’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We also had the opportunity to share Midwest American culture with these mechanics. They seemed to love the Upper Peninsula, particularly the bountiful farmland, Halloween decorations, and the famous Menominee lighthouse. All of them said they felt very welcomed and desired to visit the U.S. again on vacation.”
Enstrom regularly offers maintenance courses throughout the year. The next piston class is set to begin on 3 June 2024, at the Enstrom factory in Menominee. The turbine class will begin at the same location a week later June 10. Each course will run for one week, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mechanics who join Enstrom’s training courses will learn all the subtle nuances of an Enstrom helicopter and quickly familiarize themselves with all the inner workings. Participants can practice what they learn with hands-on display models and special tooling.
“If you want to learn how to best care for your Enstrom, go to where the experts are!” said Martin. “You’ll hear all manner of shortcuts and tips directly from the technicians who work on Enstrom helicopters every day. Chip Zeismer, a 34-year employee of Enstrom, has been teaching the class since 2010, and we’re so grateful for the knowledge he brings.”
All maintenance courses are I.A. renewal accredited. Enstrom offers two options for certification. The first is for A&P mechanics, and the other is for non-mechanics to certify familiarization with Enstrom. Anyone who wants to is welcome to take the class, and following completion, attendees can return for refresher courses as often as they like.
Classes have a limited number of seats available each session. Accepted applicants will be responsible for securing all lodging, transportation, and meals. To fill out an application or to learn more about the program, visit Enstrom’s website here